Exploring african-american male college students' first-year experiences with success: understanding supports and challenges
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The purpose of this qualitative secondary analysis is to examine the perceptions and experiences of a cohort of African American male students as relevant to the barriers or obstacles that they face in successfully navigating the transition into higher education. Resilience, defined as the ability to overcome obstacles without undue difficulty, will be explored as an overarching determiner of success. The inclusive criterion for the original study is the student be an African American male at Big State Community College, be enrolled for the spring 2014 semester, and attended at least 75% of the Men of Nobility meetings in the previous semester. A qualitative research design was employed utilizing a secondary data analysis of 3 African American male community college students. Data collection from the original study included field observations, participant interviews, and the collection of experiences and perceptions of participants. The theoretical framework for the proposed study will include the Critical Race Theory. The qualitative research study will occur within a constructivist paradigm in order to facilitate an increased understanding of those experiential and perceptual phenomena. Qualitative research techniques including coding and theme identification was utilized to determine emergent themes as they are developed from the various data sources. The use of active coding will allow the researcher to explore the most relevant issues surrounding resiliency factors among African American male secondary education students.